“WordPress.org or WordPress.com?” Is a question you’ll most likely ask your first time building a website on WordPress.
And this is indeed a very important question, because choosing the right blogging platform is a life-changing decision.
While you may be tempted to just create a free WordPress.com site, you’ll quickly run into limitations such as only having a limited storage space and not being able to monetize your site (unless you choose to upgrade). On the other hand, the fully customizable self-hosted WordPress.org certainly requires more technical knowledge and upkeep.
This WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com infographic by Bloggingthing.com below will help illustrate the fundamental differences between these two WordPresses to find the perfect platform for you.
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To summarize, WordPress.org is the open source WordPress platform or “Content Management System” and WordPress.com is a free hosted version of WordPress (with several upgrades).
WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com
WordPress.org is renowned for its’ powerful features and flexibility. Whether you want to run AdSense or eCommerce, you can with the help of over 40k plugins. In other words, sky’s the limit. However, like a car that needs maintenance – you need to backup, update and secure your WordPress site regularly on your own.
Over on WordPress.com, a WordPress optimized host designed to help anyone build a website without any technical knowledge. This means you don’t have to worry about loosing your data, being hacked or spammed. But to keep the service free and secured, you won’t be able to fully monetize or use external plugins (unless you are a VIP client, for $3,750/ month).
So Which WordPress Wins?
If design, control or monetization matters to you, you will love WordPress.org. It’s certainly the most powerful WordPress yet, although you’ll have to learn to do stuff like maintenance and backup for your site.
WordPress.com comes in a close second, offering enough customizations for the hobbyists who simply want to express themselves without technical restraints.
But ultimately, it’s YOU and what you choose to represent your brand.
About the Author: Anh Nguyen is the founder of Bloggingthing, a space that supports bloggers’ growth. He’s also a minimalist who’s crazy about design and content quality.